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Care Act 2014

The Care Act 2014 is a new law about care and support for adults in England, which comes into force in April 2015.   It tells people what they should expect from Adult Social Care services.

Key areas of change for April 2015 include:

  • General responsibilities on local authorities including promoting people's wellbeing, focusing on prevention and providing information and advice
  • The introduction of a consistent, national eligibility criteria.
  • New rights to support for carers, putting them on an equal legal footing to the people they care for.
  • The legal right to a Personal Budget and Direct Payment.
  • The extension of local authority adult social care responsibility to include prisons, and
  • New responsibilities around transition from children's to adult services,  supporting people who move between local authority areas and safeguarding.

The Care Act gives local authorities a responsibility to assess a carer's need for support. This assessment will consider the impact of caring on the carer.  The Care Act relates mostly to adult carers – people aged 18 and over who are caring for another adult. The Children and Families Act 2014 also includes new duties for the assessment of young carers and parent carers of children under 18.

Further details on the Care Act are available at the following links:

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Advice and Information Team

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